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'Faculty Primacy' at the Expense of Student Success

Robert Shireman | Posted 04.08.2013 | College
Robert Shireman

A faculty committee's zealous protection of turf would be understandable if it was limited to academic turf, such as the content of a chemistry course or the grade a student deserves on a paper. However, the primacy umbrella covers almost everything that matters at a college.

Rep. Foxx Invokes Holocaust in Describing Obama Rules That Affect Her For-Profit College Donors

David Halperin | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
David Halperin

Foxx, who has staunchly defended the for-profit college industry despite its blatant record of abusing students and ripping off taxpayers, apparently didn't mention in her remarks that she is one of Congress's biggest recipients of campaign cash from that industry.

Who's Responsible for Public Higher Education?

Mary Cullinan | Posted 04.07.2013 | College
Mary Cullinan

States are stretched thin. Many states are no longer the major funders for their state universities. Yet state mandates are becoming more aggressive, and voices calling for institutions to change are becoming more discordant and contradictory

A Policy Victory for Working College Students

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning | Posted 04.07.2013 | Impact
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Section 127 makes good policy because it gives employers an incentive to invest in their employees' education while maximizing the value for employees by keeping it tax-free.

The Real Trouble With Online Higher Ed

Beth Rubin | Posted 04.06.2013 | College
Beth Rubin

The problem isn't too many Bachelor's diplomas or too many online courses. The problem is the current system's failure to develop essential competences in a cost-effective way.

Making College Career Preparation a Deliberate Process

Dr. Kevin Manning | Posted 04.06.2013 | College
Dr. Kevin Manning

There has been an historic dispute regarding the liberal arts values of higher education versus career values, the argument being that they are mutually exclusive -- but they're actually not. They need to come together for the benefit of our students.

A Clash Over The Future Of Public Higher Ed

AP | JUSTIN POPE | Posted 02.03.2013 | College

AUSTIN, Texas -- If colleges were automobiles, the University of Texas at Austin would be a Cadillac: a famous brand, a powerful engine of research an...

The Missing Signature at Modesto Junior College

Robert Shireman | Posted 04.04.2013 | College
Robert Shireman

Anywhere else in the country the academic senate's obstinacy could be written off as absurd. But in California, community college academic senates claim special powers: regulations severely restrict the situations under which they don't get their way.

An Open Letter to Governor McCrory: Students Aren't 'Butts' -- They Are People Trying to Better Their Lives

Yuna Shin | Posted 04.03.2013 | College
Yuna Shin

Governor McCrory, I don't know why you think you have a crystal ball. When students are well-rounded, the whole society benefits.

Why Student Success Is Critical to America

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 04.03.2013 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

Student access continues as a high priority in American higher education. But it now has a twin goal: student success.

Campus Safety and Cost

Edward Summers | Posted 04.03.2013 | College
Edward Summers

President Obama has signed an Executive Order mandating that college and universities have emergency plans. Are we ready? For many campuses, it's a case of finding a way to do what they know needs to be done while resources are tight.

Searching for Donne

Gabrielle Linnell | Posted 04.02.2013 | College
Gabrielle Linnell

Donne's Song is in some ways a nonsense poem or, as the Wizard Howl discovers, a list of impossible tasks, attempting to misogynistically prove the infidelity of beautiful women.

A College Education Is About More Than a First Job

Hunter R. Rawlings III | Posted 04.02.2013 | College
Hunter R. Rawlings III

In tough economic times, with pressure mounting to prove that college is "worth it," we need to remember that the fundamental value of a college degree lies in planting the seeds of lifelong learning.

Governor of North Carolina Calls University Students 'Butts' in His Comment About the State's Higher Education

Yuna Shin | Posted 04.02.2013 | College
Yuna Shin

Pat McCrory's statement has unleashed a torrent of comments on Insidehighered.com already. McCrory is not alone in calling for overhaul of his state's universities and community colleges. The governors of Wisconsin, Texas, and Florida, all Republicans, have proposed similar ideas,

Liberal Arts Education and the 'Know-Nothing' Bandwagon

Emily Booker | Posted 04.02.2013 | College
Emily Booker

I and many of my peers were horrified when newly-inaugurated governor of North Carolina Pat McCrory blasted liberal arts higher education on a conservative talk show this week, taking specific aim at UNC-Chapel Hill, the flagship school of the public university system in the state.

Investing in Your Workforce: So Worth It!

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning | Posted 04.02.2013 | Impact
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Typical working adults simply cannot make time in their busy lives to commute to a traditional classroom. For many, online learning is the only way they can earn their credentials.

Ignorance About Education

Brian Rosenberg | Posted 04.01.2013 | College
Brian Rosenberg

Ignorance requires no evidence and no research. It can be endlessly repeated and rapidly spread. It inflames passions. Its pervasiveness wears down those who attempt to combat it. Which brings me to North Carolina Governor Patrick McCrory.

College as the Dress Rehearsal for Your Career

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 04.01.2013 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

If careers are built on networks then creating a reputation as someone who is great to be around, reliable, polite, and hard-working is something you want to cultivate while in college.

Grounding Liberal Arts Education in Real-World Experience

David Van Zandt | Posted 04.01.2013 | College
David Van Zandt

Parents and students expect real results from the four-year undergraduate curriculum. This is not unreasonable. Scholarly studies have shown that programs like Global Citizen Year do deliver real educational outcomes.

HBCUs Will Benefit From America's Post-Racial Pushback

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 04.01.2013 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

As post-racial talk turns towards the utility of race-based admissions in higher education, conversation is bubbling up about the post-racial movement and its impact on historically black colleges. Should HBCUs become more diverse?

When Real Life and Classroom Theory Collide -- You're Ready for Work

Christopher Dutton, VMD | Posted 04.01.2013 | College
Christopher Dutton, VMD

Mark my words; we won't all be going to school via a computer. The flat screen in front of you is too one dimensional to make information sticky.

Striking the Right Interactive Balance?

Edward Guiliano, Ph.D. | Posted 03.31.2013 | College
Edward Guiliano, Ph.D.

As access to online educational opportunities increases, is there an optimal balance to strike with traditional classroom practices? The answer, similar to the forces driving the question, relates to experimenting with approaches that depart from the usual instructional routine.

A Challenge to College Students for 2013: Don't Waste Your 6,570

Dr. Carlos Campo | Posted 03.31.2013 | College
Dr. Carlos Campo

We all begin the New Year completely equal in one way. We all have the same amount of time (unless we "cross the bar" unexpectedly). If we multiply our 365 days by 18 waking hours, we have 6,570 hours to spend wisely. Or not.

Super Bowl Tips for College Admission

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 03.31.2013 | College
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

As Super Bowl XLVII approaches, it's the perfect time to consider some strategies from the NFL playbook that might help turn the college-bound journey into a positive one.

Only in California: The Academic Senate Filibuster

Robert Shireman | Posted 03.30.2013 | Education
Robert Shireman

The boards must hear from students, staff and faculty, and they may defer to administrators and to academic senates. But they defer at their discretion: no one has equal authority and no one has primacy; ultimately the buck stops with the governing boards.